World’s Longest Handshake Record?

“The competition is the brainchild of 21-year-old John-Clark Levin of Ojai, Calif., who set a handshaking record in May 2009 while attending Claremont McKenna College. He and a college friend shook hands for 10 hours, 10 minutes, 10 seconds. “We did it with very little prep, more or less on a whim,” Levin told AOL News. “We thought it’d be good to break a Guinness record and raise money for cancer in the process.” The following September, while their record was still in the review process with Guinness, Levin learned that a team of Australian chums bested their record with a time of 12 hours, 34 minutes, 56 seconds. They, too, shook on behalf of a charity. Determined to win back their record, the Claremont McKenna team roared back a month later with a 15-hour, 15-minute, 15-second shake. According to Guinness, that record was also broken. It currently lists the record as 15 hours, 30 minutes, 45 seconds, achieved by Matthew Rosen and Joe Ackerman of the U.K., on Nov. 21, 2009. Levin says a team from Nepal also broke their record. Rather than allowing the global one-upsmanship to continue, Levin decided to extend his hand to all the teams — along with a few new contenders — for a winner-take-all competition.” w/ photos

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